More than 5,000 people came out for this year's Charleston International Film Festival, and the verdict is in: Below are CIFF's official winners for 2012.
Winner of the Golden Crescent Award for best film is Wallenda, written and directed by VW Scheich and Uyen K. Le. Set in Germany in the 1920s, the 20-minute drama documented Karl Wallenda as he attempted his first highwire performance with the Louis Weitzmann Troupe. The film also won Cinebarre's Best Short Film award.
Recipients of the Jury Awards include Irvine Welsh’s Ecstacy (for Best Feature), The Secret Number (Best Shot), and Take Me to the Water: The Story of Pin Point (Best Documentary). The latter is a documentary about the closing of the A.S. Varn & Son oyster and crab factory in Pin Point, a tiny Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen just south of Savannah, Georgia.
Recipients of the Audience Choice Awards included Woves Unleashed (Best Documentary), Robot & Frank (Best Feature), The Dust that Floats Behind the Sky (Best Short Film), Runway (Best Foreign Film), and Grandpa Looked Like William Powell” (Best Animation).
Robot & Frank, directed by Jake Schreier, was this year's opening film, fresh off of the Sundance Film Festival. It is set in the near future and tells the story of Frank, a curmudgeon. Due to his old age, Frank’s two grown kids fear he can no longer live alone. Instead of placing him in a nursing home, Frank’s son buys a walking, talking, humanoid robot programmed to improve Frank’s health. Its cast features Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, and others.
The Golden Crescent Screenplay Award went to William Blake for Pros and Cons, which beat out almost 50 other works. First runner-up went to Joseph Amiel for Games and second runner-up to Renee Stegall Talbott and Rhonda Stegall Gladden for Lavinia.
Melissa Rainey won Fox 24’s Best Actress Award for 1000 Blisters, and Frank Langella won Fox 24’s Best Actor Award for his performance in Robot & Frank.